If you don't know the job, why do you want to join RMP?
It depends on the tour. In Kosovo, I was policing Pristina with the help of the Irish Guards and PARAs and pretty much making it up as I went along. On Telic 2, it was a cluster. TELIC 12 was basically policing the COB with a few more interesting jobs thrown in.
We are also involved in Weapons Intelligence Sections and Close Protection work.
Out in Afghan some of the lads work closely with patrols on the ground.
But, I just want to do something fun in the Army, just don't particularly want to be Infantry 24/7, going by my assumption, your day job as a soldier probably isn't much...
As for CP, it just led to me being interested in the Job. Sure, CP may be what everyone's excuse is, but for me, I just found it influenced me...
I still don't know if I even want to be in the RMP anyway...
@cuckingfunt Im assuming Roadblocks/Checkpoints...
I did full service with RMP and am now old bill at an age 40+. I have been out now 15 months so if you want my opinion for what it's worth please feel free to pm me. Just pose questions and I'll try to answer them
Having joined the old bill, I still don't have sufficient life experience. But try all the same.
Edited to add, having re-read my post I must need glasses.
Disco-the corps is over-subscribed anyway. We don't need people who join to go civ plod or just CP-we need people who will stay and gain some experience.
My post detailing what we do was curtailed in order to see his responses. On reflection it did not read as I would wish.
Kosovo was far and away the best tour I have ever done. By 'making it up as I went along' I meant we were dealing with situations which were unique and challenging, as the whole infrastucture of the region had collapsed. If I could do it again, I would go tomorrow.
TELIC 2 was a cluster-there was no direction to what we were there for from the government down. As a result of the RMP deaths my unit spent most of its time just trying to sustain itself.
You can see from his last post, how committed he is.
Above you mentioned civpol. And three of those criteria are not exclusive to the army.
You are asking about a small and very competitive part of the army. You've asked without researching it first (as could reasonably be expected of someone with the initiative and drive to make a career in the forces, esp. as an officer), you haven't shown the enthusiasm required in an officer in a very pressurised job, and you've also into the bargain made disparaging remarks about the 25,000 infantrymen in the army despite admitting that you don't know what exactly their job is (to close with and destroy the enemy, since you ask). Not a great start, I'm sure you'll agree.
Look up the basics of the job first of all, and save the more in-depth questions for this website. Check whether civpol would take you at 18 rather than making assumptions. The make up your mind based on your new-found knowledge about what you want to do.
Bevis Rory, you may find a trade/job that appeals to you more. Although I'm not in the Army yet I initially looked into joining for a similar reason. I applied for the civilian police and was unsuccesful, then a Signaller mate of mine told me about the RMP so I went down to my local AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office) to find out more about policing in the Army. My advice would be to go down to the office and chat to the recruiters, let them know what you're after but also keep an open mind. After looking through the booklets and DVDs, I completely changed my mind and decided to become a sparky in the Engineers (I start in March). Like a lot of people I had little knowledge of the Army beforehand and didn't realise just how many roles there are available. Pretty much any trade you find in Civvy street, you can do in the Army and then some. One of the reasons I chose my trade is preparation for when I finish my service, but you can also qualify for a resettlement package and retraining after serving a certain time so it needn't be a factor. The main reason was that the Royal Engineers sounded like the best corps for me. And that's what it comes down to like a lot of the other guys on ARRSE have said, go for what's right for you. But my advice is to do so after research and a chat with a recruiter. Personally, I realised that the Army is a much better career. But the same may not be true for you. I've typed too much haven't I?
sadly mate - it aint as simple as that. not today anyway.
i'm no defender of REMF's but dont think you can just say there jobs aint "fun" when the furtherest you've got so far is watching a repeat of soldier soldier on men and moters!
PTI's come from there unit and majority stay within in their coys - a few
though will work in the gym under someone from the PTI corps. PTI corps you can not join straight from civives. so they dont only do PT but that is a route you may wish to follow at some point.
VM's are beasted as the whole fleet of wagons are in shit sate - so yeah they do just fix stuff - but are now finding themselves the main effort on ops.
no doubt the rest of the corps will fill in the spaces on the other trades.
as for what the inf do?
that depends on cap badge you go for - and then what job you do in the Bn. fairone we may not have trades which cross over to civives (would love to see a MFC in tesco's or sniper in B+Q's!) but we do have specialized trades/skills which are being called upon more and more.
but the 1 think you will find in common with all capbadges - is that you will be on ops within 18 mths of passing out - now depending on what you idea of "fun" is - choose wisely where you want to go, and depending on where you go - after 6 mths away - you'll come back with enough life experanice.
Not true mate I'm a police cadet and know if you fit the criteria and do better than the competition you're in. Most people fail civ police recruitment its a highly competitive process and for every place around 8 people will apply for it.
After working for them for 2 years I've decided the police isn't what I thought it was, its a great job don't get me wrong and I'de love to do it one day, just not now.
the legal age for a constable to be appointed into his office is 18, and police forces will take you on at that age its just tough to prove you got what it takes. heck BTP even accept applications at 17 but wont consider you for appointment till your 18th birthday.
Mate if you don't like something change it if you cant change it change your attitude. I'm sure INorthernMonkey knows his job better than any glossy leaflet/website.